Writing…and Failing…and Failing Some More

I’ve been trying to write something new now for quite some time (and by that I mean a new novel because I SUCK at short stories. I’m just not one of those people who can easily slip back and forth between the two. I have long stories to tell–and by long, I mean stories with backgrounds and characters that are going to take up considerably more space than 10 pages can provide!)

I’m not sure, at this point, if I’m in a massive slump, or if it’s something more like denial. I get stuck after the first few pages and immediately begin to dislike whatever it is I have been writing. I have about five different drafts (each) of the three different novels I’ve been toying around with, none of which ever make it past the third chapter mark. It’s quite frustrating.

Most of what I’ve read on the subject of writer’s block says to just keep pushing through it, but by the third chapter I am so disgusted by what I’ve written up to that point that I don’t even feel like writing anymore. Maybe disgusted is a strong word for what I’m thinking, but it’s as close to gripping the feeling as I can get.

I’m also disappointed with my vocabulary on a daily basis. I tend to get stuck in a drift whenever I’m writing my novels, because the descriptions always come out repetitive and similar, rather than unique and new (what’s required to keep the reader’s interest). Endless frustrations, I tell you.

So, that’s what I’m currently working out with myself. I think I have surmised in my head that it’s a lack of creative freedom I am allowing myself. Thus, along with writing This is a Book with my dear friend Julia, I think I am going to give myself a more bizarre creative licence on a new project I’m starting up. Fingers crossed it will work out better!

On a more exciting note for you psych-o’s out there (a.k.a. fans of the TV show Psych (and p.s. this will contain a spoiler if you haven’t seen the most recent episode)).



There’s just so many feels :))))))



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